Supreme Court of the United States

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  • Supreme Court Case: Dusky V. United States

    2015). The standard for competency was set by the supreme court case Dusky v United States. Dusky v. United States was a supreme court case in which the defendant, Dusky, challenged the ruling in his original case that he was competent to stand trial despite an expert testifying he was not competent. The court overturned his conviction stating that the "record in this case does not sufficiently support the findings of competency to stand trial". The court then ordered a new evaluation, as well as a new trial if Dusky was once again found competent. According to the court, in order to be deemed competent to stand trial, a defendant must understand the charges against them, understand how a court operates, and must be able to aid his or her attorneys (Dusky v. United States 362 U.S. 402,…

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  • Marbury V. Madison: Benchmark United States Supreme Court Case

    Marbury v. Madison was a benchmark United States Supreme court case in which the court formed the foundation for the exercise of Judicial review under Article 3 of the US constitution. The landmark decision of this case, defined the boundaries between the Executive and Judicial branches of the US government. Case Summary The case started with the petition filed to the supreme Court on February 11, 1803 by William Marbury. William Marbury had been appointed justice of Peace in the district of…

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  • Supreme Court Case: Harris V. United States

    of the court seizing it at that time was a legal obligation. Moreover, this type of seize is justifiable under the plain view doctrine and does not violate the rights given to the accused under the Fourth Amendment. Hendrix (2013) explains that “in Harris v. United States (1968), the Supreme Court established that anything a police officer sees in plain view, when the officer has a right to be where he or she is, is not the product of a search and is therefore admissible as evidence” (p.159).…

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  • USpreme Court Pros And Cons

    The United States Supreme Court has been a topic of controversy on several cases, during the last several decades in our country. If we look back in time, history shows us that the US Supreme Court has made several big mistakes in the ways they handled several federal court rulings. In the year 1944, just briefly after the battles and war between the United States and Japan, the Supreme Court ruled a law that would be considered immoral, and racial profiling in the present time. The Korematsu…

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  • Judicial Restraint In The Supreme Court

    When justices on the bench of the United States Supreme Court make their respective decisions on a case, they are faced with two outcomes. The first is that they can decide to overturn a decision from a lower court, deem a federal law unconstitutional, or nullify other federal or state statute. When the Supreme Court changes previous statute or overturns a previous court decision, it is judicial activism. But when the Supreme Court decides to uphold precedent, upholding laws passed by Congress…

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  • Same Sex Marriage: Pivotal Cases In The United States

    On June 26, 2015 the United States Justices decided on a pivotal case in American history. In a close 5-4 vote the Justices deemed that same-sex marriage was constitutional via the 14th amendment. The Obergefell et al. v. Hodges case was the finality of a slow evolving progression for same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). This landmark decision allowed same-sex marriage to be legal in the United States. After this decision same-sex couples rushed to their nearest marriage clerk to solidify…

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  • Supreme Court Cases

    on the bench. “You may all be seated,” and the congregation lets out a united, silent sigh. This is where it begins. This room is one of the most sacred and highly honored rooms in the United States; it is the trial courtroom for the United States Supreme Court. Very few cases make it to this place, as the high court is selective in its decisions. This room is supposed to be a place of honesty and fair judgment for the betterment of the people. Fair judgment is a third party decision that is…

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  • Essay On Supreme Court System

    as the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is dysfunctional because our Supreme Court justices have let their own political and personal opinion influence their decision. This influence has paralyzed them from being able to do their jobs properly. To understand how the Supreme Court has become dysfunctional we must first look at what the Supreme Court was set up to do. The Supreme Court is the most powerful court in the United States. The Supreme Court Justices are appointed by the president.…

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  • The Dual Court System

    Their answer was to establish multiple new courts at different levels of jurisdiction; including trial, appellate, and supreme court levels. They assigned particular duties and responsibilities to each level of court, from regulating ordinances and city laws to handling minor disputes like property and divorce. One especially important model that was adapted for use in state courts was the New York State Field Code of 1848. This code clarified jurisdictional claims of different issues and…

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  • Kansas V. Hendricks Case Study

    The case of Kansas v. Hendricks, 521 U.S. 346, (1997), is a United States Supreme Court case involving the constitutionality of a state civil commitment law, and how that law was being applied to persons who had been convicted of certain crimes. The law in question, was designed to civilly commit people who had a history of predatory sexual violence, and who had a personality disorder, or who had a mental abnormality (Cornell University, n.d.) In generic terms, the law was designed so that…

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